The Bahujan Samaj Party has made its debut in Jharkhand assembly with its candidate Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta winning from Hussainabad seat in Palamau district. He defeated NCP’s Kamlesh Singh by a margin of over 27,000 votes. The party had contested all seats in Jharkhand.
“This is the first time since the formation of Jharkhand that we have won a seat here. It is a big success for BSP. We have finally made a beginning in the state,” said Brijlal Khabri, BSP’s state in-charge and former Rajya Sabha MP, adding that BSP had also increased its vote share from one per cent in the last election to 1.8 per cent.
Khabri said 39-year-old Kushwaha is one of the oldest cadres of BSP in Jharkhand. “He contested assembly polls in 2004 and 2009 but lost ,”he said. BSP chief Mayawati addressed a lone rally in the state in Hussainabad ahead of the first phase.